Top 10 Women’s Olympic Soccer Rankings 2021
Where United States, Brazil, Japan, and more rank in the 2021 Olympic Football Rankings
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Men’s soccer has been played at every summer Olympics, while the women’s competition started out with eight teams in 1996, increased to 10 participants in 2000 and expanded to 12 teams for the 2008 Games in Beijing.
A total of 12 teams, who all reached the Olympics after regional qualifying tournaments, arrived in Japan from five continents. With reigning champions Germany failing to qualify, Europe will be represented by Great Britain, 2019 World Cup runners-up the Netherlands and Sweden who knocked out the mighty United States in a penalty shootout at the quarter final stage of the Rio 2016 Games.
Asia will be represented by the host nations Japan, and China, from Africa there is Zambia, Australia and New Zealand from Oceania, Brazil and Chile from South America and Canada and the United States from North America.
In this article, we are ranking the top 10 teams in the tournament.
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Chile isn’t unfamiliar with big tournaments, being runners-up in Copa America Femenina and competing in the 2019 World Cup. The squad had a long road to the Olympics, having to win a playoff game against Cameroon. Still, Chile is far behind the top teams and anything but a group stage exit would be a surprise.
The Aussies have one of the best players in the world in striker Sam Kerr, but also have huge concerns surrounding their backline and defensive abilities. The squad features 14 members of the team that went to Rio in 2016, with 19-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross and 18-year-old Mary Fowler, among those set to make their Olympic debuts.
Another team in a bit of a rebuilding stage, China managed to qualify for the Olympics in a high scoring tightly contested match against South Korea that needed extra time and goal aggregate to help them. Wang Shanshan could provide some goals, and the team will probably advance but will not come close to the medals.
The team doesn't have many games together as a national side compared to some other national teams heading into the Olympics, thanks to the weird quirk which sees England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately throughout most soccer competitions but collectively at the Olympics. But they have a roster full of top talent out of the four nations, and several of the players all play with FA WSL side Manchester City, and the familiarity can only help them through the group stage.
Midfielder Sophie Schmidt, who has over 200 caps, and 20-year-old starlet Jordyn Huitema are the best players on the Canadian team. Also, the 37-year-old Christine Sinclair who is the all-time leading international goal scorer will be on the roster, but given her age, it is not expected to see what we are used to from her. Canada won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics but repeating such a success is pretty unlikely.
Results Update: Gold Medal
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The Swedish women's national team is famously known for eliminating the United States from the previous games at Rio 2016. After the historic upset, the team went on to the Olympic final, where they were runners-up against Germany and earned the 2016 silver medal. They're an experienced team who have also had deep tournament runs in the 2017 Euros, and were semi-finalists during the 2019 World Cup.
Results Update: Silver Medal
Japan shouldn't be overlooked as they're the host nation. Japan has been in a rebuilding process since reaching the finals of the 2015 World Cup, but is still a tactically minded side able to frustrate teams with their possession and could have the added boost of playing at home despite no fans in the stands. Head coach Asako Takakura has called upon 16 players who play their club football at home, with Saki Kumagai, who recently swapped Lyon for Bayern Munich, and Mana Iwabuchi, who has also transferred from Aston Villa to Arsenal this summer, the only two players that remain from the team that won a silver medal at London 2012.
The Netherlands are the reigning European Champions and were runners-up in the 2019 World Cup, but are debutants for this Olympics. They have a roster that can compete with the best in the world. Vivianne Miedema is arguably the best player on the planet right now and can score big goals for the team along with being a key playmaker for the rest of this dynamic attacking group.
The Brazilians have always provided international tournaments with thrilling soccer on the pitch. Led by the greatest women's footballer in Marta, the team is also witnessing the rise of another top talent in Debinha. The team is managed by Pia Sundhage, the former USWNT team coach who oversaw the 2011 World Cup team and 2012 Olympic gold medal winning team. Despite some question marks on their defense, the team has more than enough to make it to the finals.
The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning four Women's World Cup titles in 1991, 1999, 2015, and 2019, and four Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Accordingly, they are the top favorites to win the tournament. If someone else wants to go all the way, they will have to go through team USA. Macedonian-born Vlatko Andonovski will be taking the team to a major tournament for the first time since he succeeded Jill Ellis in late 2019.
Results Update: Bronze Medal
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